Dolphins inch closer to A-Sun regular season title with 3-2, 3-2 victories
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville moved a step closer to earning a share of the Atlantic Sun regular season title on Friday. The Dolphins earned a 3-2, 3-2 sweep of Mercer to setup a showdown with River City rival North Florida next Wednesday at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Courts.
With a 4-2 league record, JU can earn a share of the A-Sun title with a sweep of UNF, who owns a 6-0 A-Sun record this season. The Dolphins came up short to the Ospreys, 3-2 in a non-league match-up earlier this year.
JU was once again anchored by it’s No. 1 pair of Taylor Nyquist (Colleyville, Texas) and Sammie Strausbaugh (Dover, Pa.). The duo swept the opening match from Jennifer Katona and Jamie Duffy 21-9 and 21-12 before taking the second match by scores of 21-14 and 21-7.
In match one, the Dolphins fell in a 0-2 hole after losses at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. JU would rally back however as Gabriela Roman (San Juan, P.R.) and Alyssa Robertson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) won a come-from-behind three set match in the No. 3 position followed by Kendall Courtney (Houston, Texas) and Niatha Cullen (Chana, Ill.) winning in the No. 2 slot. Nyquist and Strausbaugh then closed the door with their 10th straight victory to take the match.
In match two, Emily Laskelle (Napa, Calif.) and Nicole Teplitz (Stuart, Fla.) picked up their second win in conference play this season winning 21-16, 21-16 to start things off. Roman and Robertson then won another highly competitive three set match by taking game three 16-14 before Nyquist and Strausbaugh once again closed the door on a 3-2 victory.
The pair of wins improve Nyquist and Strausbaugh to 17-2 as a duo this season, including a 6-0 record against Atlantic Sun competition. They have won 11 straight overall.
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